Filming has begun in New York City for a movie adaptation of Stephen Belber’s play Match, according to Deadline.com. Belber is set to write and direct the film, which stars Tony nominee Patrick Stewart, Broadway vet Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard. No release date has been set.
Match tells the story of Tobi (Stewart), a reclusive and eccentric former choreographer and Julliard dance instructor who receives a visit from Mike (Lillard) and Lisa (Gugino), a couple from Seattle. Tobi thinks they are interviewing the dancer for Lisa’s thesis on the New York dance movement of the ‘60s, but as the real reason for the visit is revealed, Tobi must face the impact of decisions he made in his past. Match originally opened at Broadway’s Plymouth Theatre (now the Schoenfeld Theatre) on April 4, 2004, starring Frank Langella as Tobi, Ray Liotta as Mike and Jane Adams as Lisa. Langella earned a Tony nomination for his performance.
Best known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek, Stewart earned a Tony Award for Macbeth. His additional credits include A Life in the Theatre, The Caretaker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Tempest and his one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Gugino’s Broadway credits include Desire Under the Elms, After the Fall and most recently The Road to Mecca. Her film and TV credits include Night at the Museum, Political Animals, Sin City, Spy Kids, Californication, New Girl and Entourage. Lillard’s film and TV credits include She’s All That, SLC Punk! Thir13en Ghosts, Scooby-Doo, Samurai! Daycare, Criminal Minds and Robot Chicken.